Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Superbowl 2017 Plus a Half Time Walk Through the Naples Canals of Long Beach

 Sunday February 5, 2017
We arrived home safe and sound before the Superbowl game started.  The New England Patriot's (Colleen's team from Boston) and The Atlanta Seahawks were playing.  By half time it appeared the Seahawks were going to take the game. So Colleen and I left to take a walk around the nearby Naples area of Long Beach.

We arrived home to find Colleen's team doing very well. The tide seemed to have turned. The game was so exciting and in the end Colleen's team "The New England Patriot's" were victorious. Even I was yelling! 

Colleen's victory Toast!   Yayyyyy.
  A great way to end Superbowl weekend!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Slowbowl 2017 Part 5- The Long Goodbye and La Purisima Mission

Sunday February 5, 2017 
 There is a big dining room at the O'Cairn's Inn in Lompoc. 

We would get up early each day and have our complimentary breakfast in the dining area.

 Normally we would be the 2nd and 3rd persons in the dining room and would expect to see Kathy Colobong there before us. She's an early riser too.

                   That's Kathy our breakfast partner on the right.
Soon the room would be filled with more and more slowtravelers. Lots of good morning conversation over coffee. So much fun to greet the morning with these smiles.

   There we would stay for the next two hours on both Saturday and Sunday mornings greeting and talking with our other friends as they arrived for breakfast. 

 Alas the time arrived for us to say our goodbye's to all the friends. 
Ciao Ciao everyone until we meet again.

We were traveling back home with our friend Colleen from Boston and we decided to make a stop to tour the California Mission La Purisima. 

 Mission La Purisima ConcepciĆ³n, or La Purisima Mission is a Spanish mission in Lompoc, California. It was established on December 8, 1787 by the Franciscan order.

 The main visitor center of the Mission


                                                  Image by Kathy Colobong

Time to get back on the road home. So long Lompoc. It's been so much fun.

 There's a superbowl game to watch and Colleen's team is playing.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Slowbowl Part 4 -Saturday Night Party

 Saturday evening February 4, 2017

After wine tasting all day at the wine ghetto we weren't done yet!  At 5:00 we gathered at the main house for a great BBQ dinner party catered by Central Coast Specialty Foods.

 Yummy chicken  on the grills and tri tip in the smokers....

We were so fortunate the rains did not arrive on Saturday. It was a lovely evening out.

For dessert Shannon arranged for "Here's the Scoop" from Santa Barbara to join the party complete with  a gelato cart 

We had Grappa and home made liquers all the way from Missouri that Deborah had made.

It was a wonderful reunion of old and new slowtravel friends.

*Again many thanks to my slowtravel friends who shared their many photographs of this night with me. Wendy and Rob Mari, Kathy Colobong, Roz, Mindy and anyone else that contributed. 
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